Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
Warrior. Winner. Whiner. Wimp.
We all know people who fit neatly into these categories. No pointing fingers! Eyes on the page!
We celebrate warriors. We enjoy winners. We are irritated by whiners. Who has any use for a wimp? Each of these people earn the title. While they may be greatly different, they have one thing in common: they earned the title they wear based upon how they responded to struggle.
A winner is not crowned as champion until she overcomes the struggle. A warrior demonstrates valor only when he endures the adversity of battle. We recognize the whiner right away when trouble breaks out and the complaining commences. The wimp invariably puts her faith in fear, her head in the sand, and waits for someone else to solve the problem. The common denominator is struggle.
Job assured us that struggle is inevitable: “Yet man is born to trouble, as the sparks fly upward” (Job 5:7). The headlines shout at us – global conflict, economic inequities, political stalemates, racial strife, class discrimination. No shortage of struggles exists.
On the home front, you may be wrestling with questions that seem to have no answers. You may be staring at a zero balance wondering when provision will come. You may be contending for a marriage that seems shattered beyond restoration.
In this world, we will have trouble (John 16:33). How will you respond? Will you engage like a warrior? Complain like the whiner? Or ignore it like the wimp? Rise up, and be what God created you to be – a winner!
Jesus Christ bought you with His blood, so you are able to stand and declare, “I am more than a conqueror!” You were born to win. When you came to faith in Jesus, an amazing transformation occurred: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17). Regardless of the circumstances or the person that you once were, the day that you received Him by faith, you were born to win.
Through Him, you are a warrior not a weakling, a vanquisher not a victim. The battle belongs to you as a chosen champion. You were born to win!
Dear Heavenly Father, remind me of the power that I have through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Let me engage the enemy in the mighty name of Jesus. Give me faith for the fight and strength for the struggle. Thank You for making me MORE than a conqueror. In that mighty name, Amen.
Today’s Bible Reading:
Psalms & Proverbs